Resting in bed last night I was thinking of new projects for the shop. One area I feel could use some expansion is our gaming selection, and that raised the question of what games were worthy? There are a million cribbage boards out there and plenty of tic-tac-toe concepts. I don't think I'm ready for Mousetrap just yet and we already craft amazing checkers and chess sets. I wanted it to be simple with simple rules and I recalled our favorite bar-top game, Shut the Box.
Shut the Box is supposedly an old pirates game from the Caribbean, and the principles are definitely simple. Because the object of the game is to shut the box, it makes for the perfect travel game. All you need is a hinged wooden box, a row of numbered tiles and a pair of dice. That's it. I remember when I first played the game, I couldn't get over the wasted space in the box- how it could be designed to be used for something beyond just the game. Perhaps a gentleman's vanity box, a map case or something along those lines.
Therefore, I will be playing around with this idea. I figure my first one or two Shut the Box games will be fairly traditional as I familiarize myself with the dimensions and unique aspects, but in the future... who knows what might be coming down the pike. It could be a revolution in gaming straight out of New Hampshire.